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Domestic abuse rises during World Cup football

By ThomasBrown  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

Reports of domestic violence have increased during the World Cup

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DOMESTIC abuse increased as England lost their opening World Cup match versus Italy.

Last weekend, Kent Police officers responded to an additional 21 reports of domestic incidents on Saturday and Sunday compared to the previous weekend.

A rise in domestic abuse during the World Cup tournament was anticipated by the force.

Historically, approximately 10 per cent more cases are reported during summer international tournaments.

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A campaign was launched to raise awareness of victim support for those affected by emotional, sexual, financial, or threatening and controlling behaviour from a partner, not just physical abuse.

Detective says the frequent mix of alcohol and emotion is behind the hightened risk of incidents.

DCI Andy Pritchard from Kent Police said: "Football doesn’t cause domestic abuse, but it can certainly be a factor that can compound it within certain relationships.

"There are other factors such as alcohol that can be aggravating factors.

"We predicted that there would be an increase in domestic incidents during the tournament and we want people to report these incidents to us, and to be confident about doing so.

"Domestic abuse is historically an under-reported crime, but there is a huge amount of support available for men and women who have found themselves in an abusive relationship and they should be reassured that help is available if you are a victim."

The Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme – also known as Clare’s Law – can also be used in Kent.

The scheme means that if you have concerns that your partner may have previously been in an abusive relationship you can find out more by meeting and speaking with a police officer, who can assess if there is any risk within the relationship.

Third parties can also make applications under the scheme if they think a parent, friend or neighbour might be at risk.

A website – www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk – is available for all the help and support that is available in Kent.

The website contains details and opening times of the 13 domestic abuse ‘one stop shops’ that are available across Kent.

The one stop shops have free advice, information and support from a range of agencies all under one roof – including police, domestic abuse advisors and solicitors - to help victims. No appointment is required at the one stop shops.

Twitter users can also read and share advice by searching for the hashtag #KentDA on Twitter.

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  • bugsyxx  |  June 19 2014, 10:33AM

    Please if you are a victim of domestic violence and you have kids leave. Even if your kids don't get hurt physically please believe me they will be getting hurt emotionally. I speek from personal experience ( i was in a violent relationship for 8 years) woman's refuges may sound scary but its a chance to make a new life in a new area.

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